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TRAMES. A Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences
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Full article in PDF format | doi: 10.3176/tr.2013.3.06

Wadim Strielkowski, Matthew Sanderson


This paper examines the role of structural channels in pushing Ukrainian migration along occupational lines to the Czech Republic. We argue that the integration of the Czech and Ukrainian construction sectors has generated international ‘channels’ that enhance the process of labour migration from Ukraine to the Czech Republic. Using a unique dataset constructed from primary data collected in Ukraine, we run multivariate models and test whether prior work experience in the Ukrainian construction sector increases the likelihood of obtaining a job in the Czech construction sector, net of other theoretically important controls. The results provide strong empirical support for the ‘channelling’ hypothesis.


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